What a long unfolding spring now slowly emerging into early summer! The current warmth is such a blessing as soil dries and plants rejoice in the sun’s life-giving radiance.
You did not receive a newsletter last month as we have decided to move to quarterly instead of monthly newsletters. The deluge of items in one’s inbox is enough to make a person hit the delete button even when it is something of interest. So in the spirit of less computer time and more outdoor time we are sending you fewer newsletters.
We don’t want you to miss these great workshops coming up so here are some reminders: The Early bird discount deadline to register for Rocio Alarcon’s
The Shamanic Path; Living a Daily Spiritual Life in Kinship with Nature
is due now but we are extending this discount until June 5th in order for you to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to be with an outstanding teacher and healer. There are only a few spaces left so register now via Paypal on our website.
Also Plant Communication; Reclaiming Our Birth-rite is filling quickly so register now to insure a spot in this late July class. Then, after a long hot summer, as the daylight wanes and the first Autumn colors begin splashing the forested mountains and cool nights invite fireside reverie, you don’t want to miss
Mark and Brittany’s Art of Herbal Brewing and Fermentation as they guide you in making your own herbal-enhanced beers and fermented foods and drinks to nourish bodies and quench thirst. This is a great opportunity for those who wish to return to Sweetwater Sanctuary and this time invite friends, partners or spouses along to experience the space and camaraderie of Partner Earth Education Center or those of you who have never been here before but would love a weekend away with your favorite friend or beloved to just have fun together. In the spirit of fun and friendship we are offering a 10% discount to you AND your friend (a total savings of 20%) if you register and pay in full by July 1st.
We also want you to know about a most fantastic conference coming up soon. Pam will be teaching at the International Herb Symposium being held in Norton, Ma. You’ll want to plan on joining us and many top notch teachers from across the globe at this fun and informative conference June 28-30.
When the Student is Ready the Teacher Appears ................................. by Pam Montgomery
Ah spring, thank you for your return bringing your multiple shades of green. Have you noticed green? Let me count the ways - lime green, soft pale green, bright neon green, yellow-green, dark evergreen, lush green, shiny green, the vertical greening of a mountain, take-your-breath-away green of stream-side moss and now as early summer emerges carpets of green provide lounging spots near streams, ponds and lakes. Green is my favorite color but most of all in summer when my heart opens in response to green (the color of our heart chakra). It's like my heart recognizes the frequency of green and vibrates in syncopation with the burgeoning life all around me. Together my heart and green strike harmonizing chords and the pulsing movement toward growth begins both within and without.
There's an excitement in spring as if we are being readied for a great gift to be bestowed upon us. We step into the school of Nature filled with libraries of old, new, often forgotten but easily remembered (yes, we are enrolled in this school) teachings. As we venture into this vast arena of potential one only needs to open oneself to receiving the wisdom that is everywhere. Some of the greatest maestros in this school that generates all life are the plants, the GREEN beings. These very expressive and communicative teachers are always available to nourish us, respire with us, heal us, entrain with us, sing with us, transfer light to us, inspire us and teach us.
So here we are enrolled in the greatest learning center of all time and yet how do we avail ourselves of these profound yet often simple and accessible teachings? Did you know that one of a plant's signals to begin growing is when a brief (one minute) light is switched on after being in hours of darkness. I have contemplated this understanding for a while and have discovered that it is true for humans as well. We can be in the dark for the longest time but it only takes a brief switch-on of light to begin our growth. It's like that one Aha moment, or that moment of true connection, that moment of being in awe of spring green, or the home coming of being grounded in place or, further, the recognition of life- giving breath from the plants, the remembrance of drinking water directly from the Earth or the sense of belonging when walking amongst tall trees is all that is needed to switch on the light within to see what is waiting to be explored, discovered and learned.
Then comes the most beautiful part of being a student in this most amazing university we call life which is: when the student is ready the teacher appears. Each time we raise our consciousness one more notch we are presented with another flowering or gift of learning. In my own experience the plants taught me about themselves, like who could be eaten and who’s medicine is to take internally. They taught me through my sensory awareness and as my relationship grew I was shown how to deepen through my heart and receive felt sensations of their inherent vibratory resonance. When I was ready they made me more consciously aware of my breath by taking something as simple and common place as breathing and teaching me a way to breathe with them that breaks down barriers, opening doors that I didn't even know were there and inviting me to enter realms of deep bonding. Then they offered themselves as Initiators much like old-time village ways of initiating youth into becoming adults only now plants are initiating us into what it means to be truly human. The most recent gift the plants are offering is that of hearing their voices through the use of a biofeedback device where the plants can literally sing. The level of communication being attempted is profound and yet as simple as listening to the symphony of a stream, the chorus of birds in the early morning hours or the whistling of wind blowing through trees and in these moments a memory stirs of a time when we easily communicated with the natural world. You realize you actually DO know how to communicate with plants, trees, water, wind and Earth as a part of this great Nature instead of being separate from it. Maybe this great school of life we are enrolled in isn't teaching us anything new at all but is actually teaching us to remember. As we remember, bit by bit, who we truly are plants support and encourage us by giving us one more piece to remember, exactly when we are ready. Perhaps if we allow ourselves more Aha moments of light-switching-on experiences, we will initiate yet another level of growth. Who knows, maybe we can become real human beings, someday, and take up our rightful place within Nature.